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Historical Primary Sources Databases

WCU Libraries have access to many databases for historical primary sources. This guide organizes those databases by geography and topic.

Introduction to United Kingdom and British Empire page

Our holdings are strongest for the 18th and19th centuries, though there are some collections that cover the medieval and early modern periods or the 20th century.

Newspapers, magazines, journals, and pamphlets

Newspaper databases are often a great starting point for those new to locating and using historical primary sources.

Broad collections

The Special Collections Librarian and I both call these sorts of databases hodgepodge collections for lack of a better term, as they are collections of materials that cover substantial time frames and a wide range of topics, plus contain a variety of source types.

Daily life and culture

Databases with a focus on any aspect of British culture or society.

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